First Prototype Installation

In this post I’d like to tell you about my time setting up an experiment at Maude’s Market in the city of St. Louis, Missouri.  I met Maude at a Pecha Kucha event a couple of years ago and she expressed interest in letting me try out one of my experiments in her garden.

As you know, one of my goals is to try out multiple forms of electroculture on different types of plants to see what works.  In its history, it has been used with great success on a wide variety of plants including wheat, turnips, potatoes, tomatoes, and more.  In this experiment I’m using 3 volts DC to power a 10 foot section or so of raised bed.  We installed the system today and she is planning on planting onions and potatoes in the bed using a ‘lasagna‘ approach to keeping weeds down through the layering-on of compost and hay.

Maudes Market Day 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see in the above photo, it’s on a raised mound covered in hay.  So far, there is really nothing else to show besides the solar power supply in the background.  As growth progresses, I’ll be sure to give you updates.

Stay tuned!

As a reminder, if any of you are doing experiments on your own, send in your pictures along with a description of what you’re working on and I’ll post it here.

  • Adam Beatty

    I’m writing an article for a magazine; in relation to electro-culture; my research is showing great promise for this type of thing; although it looks like it’s a fairly particular science. Do you have a control group; a garden bed done in the same way with the same crops; no DC?Did you base this project on past research and experiments?
    Love what your doing; really cool experiment. subscribed; keep me posted.

  • electricfertilizer

    Hey Adam, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

    It’s awesome that you’re writing an article on the topic since we need to get word out about this amazing way of improving crop growth! There are so many benefits to be had, organically, and for relatively little cost compared to other ways of achieving the same results.

    For this project here, I did have a control group that was adjacent to this set of plants. While it proved to show a difference, the amount of difference would have been more pronounced if I had greater distance between the groups. For this experiment I used a 3VDC solar cell whose voltage changed depending upon the amount of light hitting the cell. I did the experiment based on others’ research (published journal articles – historical and contemporary) as well as my own experiments. I and others have run a number of subsequent experiments with great results (I’m in the middle of adding some posts I should have done last summer).

    Otherwise, I am glad you signed up and look forward to reading your article when it comes out – please send me a link! Also, I would highly recommend you give it a try yourself, it’s easy enough to set up a simple experiment and then you will be directly astonished by the results. Let me know if you need any help!

    • Adam Beatty

      I’m hunting for new experiments that are going on or have finished recently. I have read the history of electro-culture; now I want new scientific tools of measurement. We have better tools to measure different aspects of these things now.

      Have you been checking PH levels,temperature and bacteria levels throughout the process? You said your control group was right next to the electro bed? Is the current reaching the control group? More details plz :-)Let me know specific results when you’re ready to post them.

      When I move to a house; I will be trying many of these type of things.

      Your welcome for joining; I’m happy to be part of the progression of knowledge; anyway I can.

      If my article is published, (which it probably will be) it will be in a physical magazine, (great magazine that is kinda of new; local to my area) it’s called The Burn.

      • electricfertilizer

        At this time I have not been checking those levels, but as I start collecting more equipment (and free time – I have a rambunctious 1 year old) I plan on measuring more things besides leaf area, height and amount of ‘green-ness’.

        Regarding some contemporary experiments, there is a book on plant electrophysiology by Volkov (editor) that features a number of detailed experiments. One interesting study done by Takamura in the book was showing how a large amount of hydrogen atoms (protons) were released by the root system, correlating to an increase in plant metabolism.

        As for growing outdoors, I and another experimenter have found that depending upon soil conditions and source voltage that the field could extend out more than 13 feet from the positive electrode. I am eager to do more experiments that use a stiff current source – to see how the electric field can go. Early experimenters using large Earth batteries claimed to get increases in growth extending close to 200′.

        • Adam Beatty

          Can’t wait for that data to come in. Soil ph and nutrient levels need to be the same in these experiments and tracked; for me to feel confident about some of outcomes related to yield and such; not that I doubt it has an effect; just want more clear results on the extra growth differences.

          • electricfertilizer

            I understand… I’ll keep that in mind for future experiments.

    • Adam Beatty

      I’m hunting for new experiments that are going on or have finished recently. I have read the history of electro-culture; now I want new scientific tools of measurement. We have better tools to measure different aspects of these things now.

      Have you been checking PH levels,temperature and bacteria levels throughout the process? You said your control group was right next to the electro bed? Is the current reaching the control group? More details plz :-)Let me know specific results when you’re ready to post them.

      When I move to a house; I will be trying many of these type of things.

      Your welcome for joining; I’m happy to be part of the progression of knowledge; anyway I can.

      If my article is published, (which it probably will be) it will be in a physical magazine, (great magazine that is kinda of new; local to my area) it’s called The Burn.